If you work as a commercial driver or operate certain types of heavy machinery, you likely need a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical to ensure you meet certain health and safety standards. Clinica Medica Hispana has three convenient locations in South Phoenix, West Phoenix, and the Biltmore neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona, where you can get a DOT physical from a certified medical examiner. To schedule your visit, call the clinic, schedule an appointment online, or simply walk in.
DOT physicals refer to medical exams that the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires for individuals who operate certain types of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The purpose of the DOT physical is to ensure that the driver is physically, mentally, and cognitively qualified to operate a CMV safely.
Drivers must undergo DOT physicals if they operate CMVs that weigh more than 10,000 pounds, transport hazardous materials, or transport more than 15 passengers. Most drivers complete the exam every two years, but some need more frequent physicals depending on their age, health, and other factors.
While DOT and routine physicals share many similarities, there are a few key differences. DOT physicals are exclusive to CMV operators. Only a certified medical examiner (CME) can perform them.
These exams also include more testing than a routine physical, as CMVs must maintain a certain level of physical and mental fitness in order to ensure the safety of themselves and others on the road.
DOT physicals don’t replace your annual physical. You should still visit the team for a yearly exam to check in on your health status and make any necessary changes to ensure optimal health and wellness.
DOT physicals contain several elements beyond a routine exam. Along with a complete medical history review, vitals check, and physical screening, a DOT physical includes:
If you have any underlying conditions or require additional testing, the team may order lab work, imaging scans, or specialist referrals.
Your CME reports your results electronically to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) once the exam is complete. If you pass the DOT physical, you receive a medical examiner’s certificate (MEC). A valid MEC is essential to operate a CMV, so you must meet the exam’s requirements.
Preparing for your DOT physical can help ensure you’re physically and mentally ready for the exam. To prepare for a DOT physical:
Passing a DOT physical is the first step in beginning a fulfilling career as a commercial driver. To schedule an exam, call Clinica Medica Hispana or schedule an appointment online. Walk-ins are also welcome.